Two children were killed in a Louisiana crash on Monday morning


August 14, 2023

Two Children Killed in Richland Parish Crash

Rayville – Earlier yesterday morning, shortly after 7:00 a.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on U.S. Hwy 425 at Buckles Road. The crash claimed the lives of 9-year-old Bryn Thompson and 7-year-old Harrison Thompson of Rayville.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2020 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by 43-year-old Kasey Thompson, was traveling south on U.S. Hwy 425. At the same time, a 2001 Volvo tractor towing a grain trailer, driven by 70-year-old James Barnes, was also traveling south on U.S. Hwy 425 behind the Chevrolet. As Thompson was preparing to turn left onto Buckles Road, the Volvo collided with the rear of the Chevrolet. After impact the Chevrolet became engulfed in flames.

Bryn and Harrison Thompson, who were properly restrained, were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Richland Parish Coroner’s Office. Kasey Thompson and her front seat passenger, who were properly restrained, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital. Barnes, who was unrestrained, was not injured. Although impairment is not suspected, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Stay safe on the road by always driving attentively and without impairment. Avoid distractions, such as texting, eating, or using your phone, and remain focused on the task at hand. Also never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs (prescribed or illicit). Making responsible choices while driving can save lives and prevent tragedies.

In 2023, Troop F has investigated 22 fatal crashes, resulting in 25 deaths.